Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Tallinn Manual: Manual on International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare

Cyber incidents of the past years as well as the continuous speculation around potential future cyber catastrophes and cyber wars have repeatedly emphasized the need for a revised interpretation of existing law, be it national security law, criminal law, or as in this case, international law. Jus ad bellum (international law governing the use of force) and jus in bello(international humanitarian law) were not developed, having regard to contemporary security threats, including advanced cyber capabilities. Therefore, it is evident that a great need exists for a professional interpretation of the conventions and treaties of the previous centuries in order to demonstrate if and how they can be applied to the modern cyber conflict.

The objective 
of this Manual is to develop authoritative reference on the international law applicable to cyber conflict. The Manual is meant to address all legal issues deriving from thejus ad bellum and the jus in bello. In addition, it examines related issues such as sovereignty, state responsibility and neutrality.
NATO CCD COE is the sponsor of the Manual on International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare, written by a group of world-class international law and law of armed conflict experts.


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